NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – Five Members of Parliament from Nyeri county joined Members of the County Assembly in calling on the Senate to meticulously probe the allegations of fiscal impropriety made against Governor Nderitu Gachagua.
After a meeting with the MCAs, Othaya MP Mary Wambui, Kieni MP Kanini Kega, Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando, Mathira MP Peter Weru and Nyeri Woman’s Representative Priscilla Nyokabi all called on Senators to examine the allegations on their merit and base their decision on Gachagua’s removal on their substantive findings, not technicalities.
“And we want to pick this particular example in Murang’a whereby you dismissed that case on a technical ground. You never looked at the substance. We want the team that will be selected to dwell on the substant(ive) matters. Look at the allegations, do the forensic audit,” Kega underscored.
The MPs denied claims that together with the MCAs, they were being bankrolled by a ‘Nairobi bigwig’ to bring Gachagua’s reign to a premature end saying those were claims manufactured by the Governor in an effort to detract from the allegations of fiscal impropriety levelled against him.
“Senate must give Governor Gachagua a fair hearing, Senate must give the Assembly allegations and the grounds a fair hearing. This question of money, this question of blaming a candidate in Nairobi does not arise. The Governor has embarrassed this county so badly by those allegations that have no meaning. The questions are in the funding, the questions are in how the Governor has spent money. It is not who has paid who. It is how as he as County governor of Nyeri spent the money and that is the question he should answer in Senate.
“We are also happy that now he will no longer be able to whip people around, go using nyahunyos (whips) here in the county. The site of the hearings is in the Senate. We must have no other fights here in Nyeri. The Assembly has spoken, the Nyeri leaders have spoken. There no side issues, there are no escape routes anymore,” Nyokabi said.
Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe, they contended, was one such escape route and they called on him to stay out of the investigations into management of funds by Gachagua’s Government.
“Because most of the issues that have been raised have not found their way to Senate through his oversight role. We feel as the people of Nyeri that the previous issues that have been raised have not gone very well in the way we feel the Senator has handled issues related to Governor Gachagua (sic),” Weru said.
The MPs, following their meeting with MCAs, faced opposition from Gachagua supporters who met them, walking, on the road to another meeting.
The supporters carried placards reading ‘MCAs are embarrassing our county’ and ‘2017 tuko na Gachagua’ among other things and chanted ‘Nyeri ni ya Wanjiku’ (Nyeri belongs to the people).
The MPs however stood their ground and called on the police to ensure the safety of the 32 MCAs who supported the impeachment motion against Gachagua on Friday.
“We know what rich people are capable of. We don’t want to hear of even a single MCA involved in a car accident or getting even a scratch. Our people cannot fail to access even Panadol at county funded health facilities and you expect us to keep mum,” Wambui said.